Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has had a tough week.
It started final Saturday evening, when Van Dyke and the Miami Hurricanes confronted a stern check on the street, touring to Faculty Station to tackle Texas A&M. Van Dyke and the Miami passing recreation sputtered in that contest, because the quarterback accomplished 21 of 41 passes for 217 yards, and was held out of the top zone because the Hurricanes managed simply three discipline objectives within the 17-9 loss.
Within the build-up to that recreation, Van Dyke sat down with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer on Palmer’s podcast, “The Room.” Palmer, who now coaches quarterbacks privately and has signed on with the XFL as their Director of Quarterback Development, requested Van Dyke whether or not he most well-liked enjoying on the street, or at house. With the go to to Faculty Station arising, Van Dyke talked about happening the street and quieting followers, after which contrasted that with the environment at Arduous Rock Stadium:
I like away video games higher. … We don’t actually have a lot of a faculty environment as a result of we play at Arduous Rock. So we’re about 25 minutes away from campus, so plenty of college students don’t go up a lot of the recreation until it’s an enormous recreation. That’s why I like going into away stadiums and seeing that faculty environment and making the group quiet.
Van Dyke and the Hurricanes had an opportunity for a bounce-back recreation, at Arduous Rock Stadium, this Saturday evening in opposition to visiting Center Tennessee State. Each groups entered with a 2-1 file, with Miami nonetheless ranked, sitting at #25 within the newest AP ballot.
Miami won’t be ranked on this week’s ballot.
The guests created a pair of massive performs early, intercepting Van Dyke on his first after which his third passing try of the sport, en path to their 45-31 upset of the Hurricanes. Van Dyke and the remainder of Miami can be dealing with boos by halftime, and the quarterback was benched within the third quarter for backup Jake Garcia.
The primary interception got here as Van Dyke stared down a receiver within the left flat, main the defenders to the ball. Decorian Patterson jumped the route, creating the early turnover and setting Center Tennessee up with unimaginable discipline place:
The Blue Raiders have been held to a discipline aim regardless of beginning within the pink zone, and claimed an early 3-0 lead. However they’d construct that lead on Van Dyke’s subsequent passing try:
Defensive finish Zaylin Wooden deflected a move on the line of scrimmage, earlier than catching it himself and returning it 15 yards for the landing. The additional level gave the Blue Raiders a 10-0 lead, and they might not look again.
Wooden would have a hand in Van Dyke’s remaining play of the evening, as his sack of the Miami quarterback on a 3rd down early within the third quarter can be the Hurricanes passers final snap of the evening. Garcia took over as Van Dyke appeared on with the Hurricanes trailing 31-10, and he would end the sport by finishing 10 of 19 passes for 169 yards.
Miami additionally scored three touchdowns with Garcia beneath middle.
After the sport, there was plenty of soul-searching happening within the Miami locker room.
“They coached higher than us, they performed higher than us,” said Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal after the loss. “They have been higher. We didn’t do a adequate job. There’s no excuse. Actual males look within the mirror and do one thing about it and don’t enable any cracks to occur from the within. All of us got here right here for a function and a cause. We’ve acquired plenty of work to do.”
Miami lineman Jalen Rivers questioned concerning the group’s motivation heading into the sport. “We checked out that group, ‘Oh, we’re going to win this recreation.’ So we got here in clearly unmotivated … and we acquired punched within the mouth.”
Concerning Van Dyke, the tough week attracts to an in depth with additional questions … about his draft inventory. On the promise of his play final season, the place he took over because the group’s beginning quarterback and earned ACC Rookie of the Yr honors, Van Dyke was a function in lots of “early mock drafts” this summer season. As you may see from this graph, courtesy of NFL Mock Draft Database, Van Dyke was a fixture within the first spherical over the summer season:
However as August gave solution to September, Van Dyke’s inventory took an enormous hit.
With this newest loss, that inventory in all probability takes an excellent larger hit, turning a foul week into maybe one thing extra.